FSH – Family Birthing Centre

Completion year 2019

Key People

Ralf Boepple

Hydraulics Section Manager, Principal

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Fiona Stanley Hospital in Murdoch, Western Australia converted a section of the main hospital into a Family Birthing Centre to provide three suites including water birthing pools, day beds, family lounge and associated facilities. The new centre gives women with low-risk pregnancies the opportunity to enjoy a holistic experience with the advantage of direct access to full medical facilities.

Wood & Grieve Engineers now part of Stantec (WGE) multi-disciplinary teams collaborated on the staged project to integrate the existing structure and services with the new layout and equipment.

The birthing suites required an application of screed on the floors to allow correct falls for the heavy pools. Modelling ensured the additional loads did not exceed the concrete slab capacity, and our structural team advised on drainage core placement to avoid post-tensioned cables.

WGEs hydraulics team liaised with the UK pool supplier to ensure the product was compliant within Australian guidelines, including chlorine-dosing to eliminate water-borne bacteria and integrating the system with the existing infrastructure to achieve a quick fill and drain cycle.

The changing function of existing spaces required modification to medical gas systems, ductwork redirection and identification of exhaust discharge locations to meet AS codes by our mechanical team.

With the aim of providing a ‘home-like’ environment, all designs were closely co-ordinated with the architect to conceal functional infrastructure and reduce the clinical feel. In addition to addressing power supply demands, our electrical team introduced ceiling mounted graphic skylights, decorative wall lights and implemented the safe control of colour-changing floor-level LED lights to enhance the ambience.